‘Magic Garden’ by Mundy Hepburn

'Magic Garden' by Mundy Hepburn

Mundy Hepburn’s “Magic Garden” fascinates me because it is just so darned odd. Its shape is utterly unexpected: an arrangement of blown-glass sculptures whose bulbous organic forms look like they could be swaying at the bottom of the ocean. Or maybe they are microscopic forms, many times magnified. Filaments of rare-gas mixtures dance around inside each fanciful “plant.”

While the show is about new ideas in contemporary neon and plasma art, Hepburn has experimented with gas and light since 1963, when he first attempted to melt an old light bulb on his parents’ kitchen stove.

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